Having pets makes home and health maintenance critical. This is especially important when we learn about how pets can affect the air your family breathes. One of the leading causes of indoor air pollution is pet dander, and it can cause major problems on both immune systems and HVAC systems. Pet allergens are exceptionally light weight and small and can remain suspended in the air for a long time. Even longer than allergens from dust mites and cockroaches. The American Lung Association reports that 27% of homes in the United States have pet cats and dogs are in 32% of homes. Due to all these factors, it is important to understand how your pet’s dander can affect your home and health.
Your Pet’s Dander
Pet’s dander is equivalent to human dandruff, however, as stated above, these skin cells are much smaller and lighter than most of the other allergens in the home. Due to their microscopic size and sticky texture, they can stay airborne longer and cling to the surfaces in your home. Pet’s fur carries the dander and releases them into the air, they eventually settle on everything in your home – your floors, furniture, bedding, walls – and can retain their potency for months.
Even though roughly 15% of Americans are allergic to dogs and/or cats, 1/3 will still own one of the two animals, if not both. This is most concerning for people with asthma, allergies, and other respiratory sensitivities, especially since Americans spend over 90% of their time indoors. Other ways pets can impact household irritants are:
- HVAC systems circulate allergens throughout the home after grooming.
- Filters clog quicker from increased hair and dust.
- Contaminants increase with litter box waste, odors, and dried saliva.
- Outside allergens such as mold, pollen and others are carried in from outside on our pets.
If possible, keep pets away from bedding and furniture. Regular cleaning is also essential, especially changing your air filter on a regular basis. Don’t forget that pet owners may need to change their home air filters twice as often as a home without pets!
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